Assist Prof Dr. Megbar Birhan, Climate Science Award, Best Researcher Award

Assistant Professor at Debre Markos University, Ethiopia

Dr. Megbar Birhan is an Assistant Professor specializing in Atmospheric Physics. Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Physics at Debre Markos University, Ethiopia, his research focuses on various aspects of atmospheric dynamics, remote sensing, and climate modeling. With a background in Radiation Physics and Applied Physics, Dr. Birhan has a keen interest in cloud physics, aerosol dynamics, and radar meteorology. He has actively participated in research projects and conferences, presenting findings related to climate change, rainfall estimation, and natural resource management. Dr. Birhan is also engaged in teaching and advising graduate students in the field of atmospheric physics.



  • Ph.D. in Atmospheric Physics, Department of Physics, Debre Markos University (DMU), Ethiopia (2019 – present)
  • Ph.D. student in Atmospheric Physics, Washera Geospace and Radar Science Laboratory, Department of Physics, Bahir Dar University (BDU), Ethiopia (2016 – 2019)
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Radiation Physics, Mekelle University, Ethiopia (2012 – 2013)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Applied Physics, Hawassa University, Ethiopia (2009 – 2011)

Professional Experience:

Dr. Megbar Birhan has accumulated valuable professional experience throughout his career. He began his journey as a Lecturer at the Physics Department of Samara University, Ethiopia, where he taught and engaged in academic activities during the academic year 2014/2015. Following this, he continued his academic career as a Lecturer in the Physics Department at Debre Markos University, Ethiopia, in 2015. Transitioning from academia to research, Dr. Birhan served as a Researcher in atmospheric physics and radar meteorology at Debre Markos University from 2020 to 2021. Subsequently, he assumed the role of Director at the Chokie Mountain Research and Development Project Directorate in 2021. Throughout these roles, Dr. Birhan has demonstrated a strong commitment to advancing scientific knowledge in atmospheric physics and meteorology, contributing significantly to research endeavors aimed at understanding climate dynamics and precipitation patterns in Ethiopia.

Research Interest:

Dr. Megbar Birhan’s research interests span a wide range of topics within atmospheric physics, remote sensing, and meteorology. He is particularly interested in understanding the dynamics of clouds and aerosols in the atmosphere, including their formation, properties, and impacts on weather patterns. Additionally, he focuses on analyzing the atmospheric moisture budget to elucidate the movement and distribution of moisture and its implications for climate variability. Dr. Birhan is actively engaged in radar meteorology, using radar technology to study precipitation, storms, and other meteorological phenomena. He also works on developing and refining climate and radiation transfer models to simulate the complex interactions between climate variables. Furthermore, he utilizes satellite and Doppler radar remote sensing data to monitor atmospheric conditions and assess their impact on weather and climate. Dr. Birhan’s research also extends to examining the effects of climate change on weather patterns, precipitation trends, and extreme weather events, as well as exploring strategies for sustainable natural resource management and environmental adaptation. He is involved in assessing the influence of space weather phenomena on Earth’s atmosphere and applying machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques to enhance climate modeling and prediction capabilities.

Publication Top Noted:

Title: Investigating the impact of space weather on agriculture products over Chokie mountain basin in Ethiopia

  • Authors: M.W. Birhan, S. Tariku
  • Journal: Acta Geophysica
  • Year: 2021
  • Volume: 69
  • Issue: 4
  • Pages: 1481–1491

Title: Estimating the influence of precipitation variability by considering effect of middle atmosphere parameters on lower atmosphere over upper Blue Nile basin in Ethiopia

  • Authors: M.W. Birhan, U.J.P. Raju, S.T. Kenea
  • Journal: Modeling Earth Systems and Environment
  • Year: 2019
  • Volume: 5
  • Issue: 4
  • Pages: 1365–1376

Title: Estimating the role of upper Blue Nile basin moisture budget and recycling ratio in spatiotemporal precipitation distributions

  • Authors: M.W. Birhan, U.J.P. Raju, S. Kenea
  • Journal: Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
  • Year: 2019
  • Volume: 193
  • Pages: 105064
Megbar Birhan | Climate Science Award | Best Researcher Award

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